Highlights From 2017 Evaluation Results

General Conclusions

Program Outcomes

Child and Teen Survey Results – Impact on Youths

Teen Survey Results – Impact on Teens

Parent Survey Results – Impact on Adults and Families

Parent Survey Results – Impact on Parenting

Parent Survey Results – Changes in Children

Parent Survey Results – Impact on Family Health

Parent Survey Results – Instilling Developmental Assets

About the Complete Evaluation Report

 

GENERAL CONCLUSIONS
FROM THE 2017 EVALUATION REPORT

Every other year since 2005, Sunday Friends has conducted an evaluation of its programs in cooperation with a local university research team. The 2017 Sunday Friends evaluation was conducted in collaboration with Dr. Carol Ann Gittens, Associate Professor of Child Studies, and her research team from Santa Clara University.  Surveys were administered to youth, parents, and program volunteers.

In 2017, Dr. Gittens and her team conducted the Sunday Friends evaluation at two of the Program’s sites, Lowell Elementary and Santee Elementary.  The 2017 evaluation included previous years’ survey foci on the perceived benefits on the Sunday Friends program in areas such as personal and family finances, health-related behaviors, effective coping, stress-management, positive discipline, academic and technical skill building, English language development, and parental role modeling.  In 2017 the parent survey was also expanded to include measurement of the degree to which parents feel the Sunday Friends program has helped them to be more able to promote the Search Institute Developmental Assets within their children.

Overall, Sunday Friends has created an extraordinary sense of community among its attendees. Adults were nearly all likely to report that they are treated with dignity and respect at Sunday Friends (95%), and 91% reported that they would be sad if they were not able to attend Sunday Friends.  Adults nearly unanimously reported that the Sunday Friends volunteers are friendly (99%) and all adults surveyed reported that the Sunday Friends volunteers are good role models for the children and youth.  94% of adults report that the SF take-home projects bring their family closer together. Ninety-six (96%) of adults feel that the SF take-home projects help to reinforce what was learned at the SF program.

Sunday Friends is having a strong positive effect on children and youth’s emotions, their attitudes about themselves and others, and their engagement with their family.  An overwhelming majority of the children and youth said that when they are at Sunday Friends, they feel good about helping others and that they feel close to their family.  An overwhelming majority of the youth strongly agreed that participating in Sunday Friends made them feel responsible, proud of themselves, happy, respected, appreciated, and safe. An outstanding majority of children say they feel proud when working for something that they want, and they shared that they spend more time with their family even when not at Sunday Friends.

The impact of Sunday Friends on the lives of children and teens is particularly noticeable in terms of the academic perceptions and aspirations espoused by the young participants.  A full 100% declared that it is important to do better in school, nearly unanimously they agree that it is important to have goals for the future.  An impressive ninety percent of the youth feel that the things they are learning at Sunday Friends are helping with their school success.

The tremendous consistency across the Youth and Adult surveys suggest that the Sunday Friends Program is overwhelmingly successful in meeting its desired outcomes. Sunday Friends’ community-building and financial literacy-oriented, working alternative to charity approach based on education is successful at fostering the developmental assets and achieving its goals to empower families.

Some extremely positive findings are that 96% of parents either agree or strongly agree that Sunday Friends has helped them to reduce their usual level of stress; Ninety-five percent of adults report that they feel they are a better parent as a result of participating in the Sunday Friends program; and 97% of adults report being more able to think about their family’s future needs.  These findings are highly consistent with the overarching mission and goals espoused by the Sunday Friends program.

Across all Developmental Asset scales, there was a very high level of agreement that the program promotes the internal or external domain of healthy development and wellbeing for children.  This reveals a resounding endorsement of the positive benefits of Sunday Friends.

There is ample evidence in the 2017 program evaluation that Sunday Friends thrives in promoting financial literacy among its participants, nurtures health and wellbeing among parents and youth alike, and contributes significantly to parents’ capacity to care for their children and plan for the future. The Sunday Friends Program demonstrates resounding success in achieving its mission to educate children and their families to foster a commitment to schooling and academic success.  It is concluded with confidence that Sunday Friends is actualizing its vision to break the cycle of poverty through education and the development of life skills oriented around program goals and aligned with key developmental assets that will enhance wellbeing among parents and their children.

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PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Sunday Friends' top three defined outcomes, which guide our program design and the program evaluation, are:

OUTCOME #1 Parents’ Behavior Fosters their Children’s Healthy Development

1.1  SENSE OF CONFIDENCE ABOUT USING POSITIVE PARENTING METHODS

1.2  SENSE OF ONE’S CURRENT STRESS LEVEL (LEVEL OF OPTIMISM AND HOPE)  

1.3  SENSE OF SATISFACTION IN TALKING WITH MY CHILDREN ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER

1.4  HOME ACTIVITIES / CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF HOME TIME TOGETHER

1.5  POSITIVE BEHAVIORS CHILDREN SEE THEIR PARENTS DOING (ROLE MODELING)

1.6  CURRENT ORIENTATION OF SHORT-TERM SURVIVAL OR LONG-TERM ORIENTATION FOCUSED ON PARENTING ROLE

1.7  CHILDREN’S POSITIVE WELL-BEING AND OPTIMISM

 

OUTCOME #2 Children Demonstrate Pro-Social and Pro-Education Attitudes and Behavior

2.1 CHILDREN’S POSITIVE SOCIAL BEHAVIORS

2.2 QUALITY OF CHILDREN’S DECISIONS

2.3 CHILDRENS LEARNING & TASK ORIENTATION

2.4 PARENTS’ ENGAGEMENT IN CHILD’S ACADEMICS, LEARNING & TASK ORIENTATION

 

Outcome #3 Family Members Understand and Practice Sound Financial Management Behaviors

3.1 PROMOTION OF OVERALL FAMILY STABILITY

3.2 PROMOTION OF FINANCIAL MANGAGEMENT

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CHILD AND TEEN SURVEY RESULTS -
IMPACT ON YOUTHS

Sunday Friends is having a strong positive effect on children and youth’s emotions, their attitudes about themselves and others, and their engagement with their family.  An overwhelming majority of the children and youth said that when they are at Sunday Friends they feel good about helping others and that they feel close to their family.  An overwhelming majority of the youth strongly agreed that participating in Sunday Friends made them feel responsible, proud of themselves, happy, respected, appreciated, and safe. An outstanding majority of children say they feel proud when working for something that they want, and they shared that they spend more time with their family even when not at Sunday Friends.

 

  • 98% of youth report feeling safe
  • 89% of youth report feeling happy
  • 92% of youth report feeling proud of themselves
  • 79% of youth feel hopeful about themselves

 

  • 94% of youth report trying to do their best
  • 82% of youth report feeling successful
  • 76% of youth report feeling eager to participate
  • 74% of youth report feeling respected
  • 90% of youth report feeling confident in themselves

  • 94% of youth report feeling responsible
  • 94% of youth report feeling close to their family 
  • 89% of youth report that they are confident they can earn what they want from the SF store
  • 84% of youth are willing to try new things

 

  • 89% of youth feel that people appreciate them
  • 93% of youth report wanting to learn new things
  • 86% of youth feel that they help make things better
  • 78% of youth report that they make new friends at Sunday Friends

The vast majority of the youth reported that when they are at Sunday Friends they feel motivated to learn new things, willing to try new things, and are inclined to want to do their best. Mirroring these findings is the fact that youth were likely to strongly disagree that they feel sad, left out, or bored and unnoticed.

A sense of belonging, connection to community, and engagement with one’s family are significant predictors of resilience and success among children and youth. Youth participating in Sunday Friends reported feeling more appreciative of their family, particularly during their time at the Sunday Friends program as compared to other days of the week. They indicated that they help others more, they use better manners at Sunday Friends, and participate in activities more than other days of the week.  An impressive percentage of youth reported making better decisions at Sunday Friends than compared to other days of the week.

 

 

  • 81% of youth report that they participate more in activities
  • 89% of youth report that they enjoy learning more
  • 91% of youth report that they try harder to do their best
  • 94% of youth report that they make better decisions

 

  • 91% of youth are not feeling lonely while at Sunday Friends
  • 94% of youth are not feeling sad while at Sunday Friends
  • 67% of youth are not feeling bored while at Sunday Friends
  • 84% of youth are not feeling un-noticed while at Sunday Friends
  • 93% of youth are not feeling left out while at Sunday Friends

Experiences at Sunday Friends Compared to Other Times During the Week

The youth that participate in the Sunday Friends program were asked to report on their behavior and feelings at Sunday Friends as compared to other times of the week. When comparing their experience at Sunday Friends to other days, the majority of the youth reported that feel more that life can be good, that they want to do their best, they enjoy learning more, pay more attention, and they feel more sure about themselves.

Youth were highly likely to report appreciating their family more during their time at the Sunday Friends program as compared to other days of the week. They indicated that they help others more, they use better manners at Sunday Friends, and participate in activities more than other days of the week.  An impressive percentage of youth reported making better decisions at Sunday Friends than compared to other days of the week.

 

 

 

  • 89% of youth report that they help others more
  • 87% of youth report liking themselves better
  • 72% of youth report feeling less stress
  • 90% of youth report that they look forward to the future

 

  • 78% of youth report feeling more that life can be good
  • 94% of youth report feeling that they are making better decisions
  • 85% of youth report that they pay more attention
  • 94% of youth report feeling they appreciate their family more

 

  • 71% of youth report spending more time with other family members
  • 87% of youth report feeling comfortable with people of other cultures
  • 84% of youth report trying to eat healthier foods
  • 94% of youth believe it is important to say no to danger

When Youth are Not at Sunday Friends

True behavioral change is maximally likely when there is opportunity to practice new skills and apply them to multiple contexts within one’s life. The youth that participate in the Sunday Friends program were asked to report on their behavior and feelings when not at Sunday Friends. The popular perspective of the youth was that they have been practicing the skills that they have learned at Sunday Friends. Across the board, youth consistently reported that Sunday Friends volunteers had a positive impact on multiple areas of their lives.  When comparing their experience at Sunday Friends to other days, the widely-held perspective of the youth was the feeling that life can be good, that they want to do their best, they enjoy learning more, that they actually pay more attention, and they feel more self-confident.

The positive impact of participating in Sunday Friends continues when children and teens are not at the program.  Children and teens were asked to report of their pro-social behaviors during times when they are not at Sunday Friends.  Particularly of interest was youths’ attitudes toward school, health behaviors, sense of safety, and level of comfort with others from different cultures. Also of interest was the youths’ feeling about themselves, their future, their relationships with parents and family and the degree to which they are openly communicating with their parents / family. For example, 90% of youth believe that what they are learning at SF helps them in school.

 

  • 92% are talking to their parents about school safety
  • 70% are talking to their parents about school relationships
  • 86% are talking with their family about things they feel are important
  • 76% are talking to their parents about reading

 

  • 91% of youth report spending more time with their immediate family
  • 90% of youth think that their parents are paying more attention to them
  • 96% of youth report that their parents are more interested in their schooling

The impact of Sunday Friends on the lives of children and teens is particularly noticeable in terms of the academic perceptions and aspirations espoused by the young participants.  A full 100% declared that it is important to do better in school, nearly unanimously they agree that it is important to have goals for the future.  An impressive ninety percent of the youth feel that the things they are learning at Sunday Friends are helping with their school success.

 

  • 100% of youth believe it is important to do better in school
  • 98% of youth believe it is important to have goals for the future
  • 90% of youth believe that what they are learning at SF helps them in school

 

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TEEN SURVEY RESULTS -
IMPACT ON TEENS

Older Youths’ Feelings about the Future

Additional questions were asked of older youth (11 years or older).  These questions were reserved for the older respondents because researchers asked the teens to think about their spending decisions, their cultural identity, and the possible benefits of the SF program on their ability to plan and think about their academic future. Older respondents were also asked more detailed questions about their sense of belonging to the SF community.

Teens were overwhelmingly likely to believe it is important to have plans for the future.  The majority reported that they were trying harder in school to go to college.  A substantial percentage of teens reported that Sunday Friends has helped them think about planning for college, and that they look forward to the future. Only slightly less strong endorsement was made for youth feeling that their parents show more interest in their schooling, and that their family is talking and planning for college.  

 

  • 100% of teens believe it is important to do better in school
  • 100% of teen believe it is important to have goals for the future
  • 82% of teens report that their family is talking and planning more for college
  • 100% of teens report that they are trying harder in school to go to college

  • 96% of teens report that they look forward to the future
  • 96% of teens feel that college is not just a dream
  • 92% of teens report that their parents are showing more interest in their school work
  • 89% of teens feel that Sunday Friends helps them think about college

A particularly impressive finding in the 2017 program evaluation was the degree to which teens reported feeling a strong sense of cultural identity as well as high levels of respect for their own and others’ cultures. There was a clear theme that the teens’ level of cultural comfort and respect had increased as a result of participating in the Sunday Friends program.

The teens were asked to share their perceptions of their own culture and their feelings toward people of other cultural backgrounds. Teens were unanimous in saying that they have increased respect for other backgrounds.  The vast majority reported increased respect for people of their own culture as well. While fewer teens reported having friends from different ethnicities, they were likely to feel more comfortable with others from different races and cultures.

 

  • 100% of teens (ages 11-18) reported feeling increased respect for other backgrounds
  • 96% of teens reported feeling proud of their cultural identity
  • 93% of teens reported feeling increased respect for people from their own culture
  • 92% of teens reported feeling more comfortable with other / different races and cultures
  • 89% of teens reported having friends of different ethnicities
  • 70% of teens reported feeling judged on occasion by others based on cultural identity

A core outcome for the Sunday Friends program is the teaching of financial management and financial planning strategies. All signs point to the success of Sunday Friends in achieving this goal.  All the teens reported that their families were trying harder to save for college. Most teens said that they believe that it is important to learn how to make good spending decisions. Also, the teens tended to feel that they were learning to manage money because of Sunday Friends.

 

·         100% of teens reported that their families are trying harder to save for college

·         93% of teens reported feeling that learning to make good spending decisions is important

·         74% of teens reported that they are learning to manage money because of Sunday Friends

·         85% of teens reported being able to resolve conflicts with siblings

·         77% of teens feel they belong to the Sunday Friends community

Conclusions

Some impressive results were once again revealed through the 2017 program evaluation in terms of youths’ academic perceptions, social and future goals. Youth consistently report that their parents are showing more interest in their school work, talking and planning more for college; The teens reported increased respect and comfort with others from different cultural backgrounds, and overall the youth are overwhelmingly optimistic about their future.  A core outcome for the Sunday Friends program is the teaching of financial management and financial planning strategies. All signs point to the success of Sunday Friends in achieving this goal. 

 

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PARENT SURVEY RESULTS
IMPACT ON ADULTS AND FAMILIES

Language Skill and Use

Adults were asked to indicate the language that they used most.  96% of the respondents indicated that they used Spanish as their dominant language. 4% reported that they used English.  Most adults who responded to the survey reported feeling that the activities offered through Sunday Friends to help with learning English were very helpful, with letter writing being perceived as the most helpful. The majority of adults reported that they practice English with their children and others when not at the Sunday Friends Program. Parents were mostly likely to agree that Sunday Friends promoted their children’s confidence in writing skills and their inclination to talk about reading.  Parents were similarly pleased with their own growth in general writing confidence.

 

 

  • 56% of adults report that they practice English while at Sunday Friends while only 24% disagreed.
  • 39% of adults report that they are more comfortable speaking English, and 28% disagree
  • 34% of adults are more comfortable writing in English, and 42% disagree
  • 90% of adults are more confident in general writing ability, and only 4% disagree

 

  • 91% of parents report that their child talks about reading
  • 63% of parents report that they are visiting the library with their child
  • 95% of parents report that their child is more confident with writing
  • 85% of parents report that their child is more interested in creative writing
  • 91% of parents report that their child’s writing has improved

 

Participation in Sunday Friends is transformative in terms of parents’ well-being and how they feel about their parenting skills. Adults were, on the whole, hopeful about their life as a result of their participation in Sunday Friends. In that same vein, nearly all of the adult respondents agreed that they feel more self-confident, feel that they are a better parent, feel better about how they are disciplining their children, feel more successful, feel more confident about how they are handling situations with their children, and feel less stress in meeting the needs of their family.


Perceptions of Sunday Friends Environment

The adults who participated in the Sunday Friends survey were asked questions to determine their perceptions of the Sunday Friends environment and the impact Sunday Friends has had on them personally and on their family. There was overwhelming endorsement of how the Sunday Friends program and volunteers engage with participants and create an organized environment that is conducive to the wellbeing and sense of community among the parents and children who attend each Sunday.

Parents are nearly unanimous in feeling that the Sunday Friends volunteers are friendly (99%) and all adults surveyed reported that the Sunday Friends volunteers are good role models for the children and youth.  Adults were nearly all likely to report that they are treated with dignity and respect at Sunday Friends (95%), and 91% reported that they would be sad if they were not able to attend Sunday Friends.  Some additional extremely positive findings are that 96% of parents either agree or strongly agree that Sunday Friends has helped them to reduce their usual level of stress; Ninety-five percent of adults report that they feel they are a better parent as a result of participating in the Sunday Friends program; and 97% of adults report being more able to think about their family’s future needs.  These findings are highly consistent with the overarching mission and goals espoused by the Sunday Friends program.

General Perceptions of Sunday Friends Program and Volunteers

  • 95% of adults feel like they are treated with dignity and respect while at Sunday Friends
  • 94% of adults report that th SF take home projects bring their family closer together
  • 96% of adults feel that the SF take home projects help to reinforce what was learned at the SF program
  • 94% of adults feel that Sunday Friends is a friendly place

 

  • 93% of adults feel that the SF program is well organized
  • 96% of adults report that they encourage others in their community to attend Sunday Friends
  • 100% of adults feel that the SF volunteers are good role models for children
  • 99% of adults feel that the SF volunteers are friendly

 

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  • 96% of adults report that SF helps to lower their stress
  • 91% of adults report that they would be sad if they could not attend Sunday Friends
  • 95% of adults report that they are a better parent as a result of participating in Sunday Friends

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  • 98% of adults report that they feel more self confident
  • 92% of adults report that they feel a sense of belonging
  • 95% of adults report that they spend more meaningful educational time with their child

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  • 83% of adults report that they are less stressed about meeting the needs of their family
  • 90% of adults report that they are better able to handle life’s demands
  • 89% of adults report that they are more hopeful about life

 

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PARENT SURVEY RESULTS
IMPACT ON PARENTING



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  • 82% of adults report that they are angry less often as a result of participating at SF
  • 96% of adults report feeling more successful
  • 96% of adults report feeling more confident about caring for their family
  • 97% of adults report being more able to think about their family’s future needs

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  • 94% of adults report being able to think about more than just meeting the basic family needs
  • 95% of adults feel more confident about their parenting skills
  • 91% of adults feel they are better at disciplining their children
  • 98% of adults report learning effective discipline techniques through SF programs

 

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  • 48% of adults report that they trust others more, while 16% disagree
  • 92% of adults feel they are being a better role model for their children

Parents' Involvement in Children's School/Academic Life

A primary goal of the Sunday Friends Program is to promote the development of academic skills and motivation to succeed educationally. Parents were asked about their children’s academic skill building. A notable majority of adults reported feeling strongly that Sunday Friends has positively impacted their children’s’ motivation and task orientation as well as their own engagement in their child’s school experience. Ninety-three percent (93%) report that their children are doing better in school. Parents reported that their child enjoys writing more, they are learning math, science and computer skills, that they do better in school, and are reading more for fun.

Parents reported that they are very likely to be more actively involved in helping their child succeed in school, that they better understand ways to help promote their child’s academic success, and that they are spending more meaningful and educational time with their child. 

Parents reported high levels of collaborative and interactive engagement with their children that are related to academic skill building. Seventy percent of the adults agreed or strongly agreed with the statement that they are reading on a daily basis with their child. A slightly higher percentage report writing with their child weekly.  A particularly powerful finding was the very high percentage of parents who reported that they are more dedicated to ensuring regular school attendance and are talking with their child’s teacher about the child’s behavior and grades. 

Overall there is an abundance of evidence that Sunday Friends is achieving its mission to educate children and their families in order to foster a commitment to schooling and academic success.  The following tables present the results related to parents’ involvement in their children’s school life and academic experience.  Additional information regarding parents’ perceptions of school related outcomes appears in the section on Developmental Assets below.

 

 

       96% of parents report that they are dedicated to ensuring their child’s school attendance

       95% of parents report that they feel more confident about asking school personnel about their child going to college.

       91% of parents report that they are talking with their child’s teacher about behavior

       94% of parents report that they are talking with their child’s teacher about grades

       90% of parents report that they talk with their child about planning for college.

       98% of parents indicated that they are more actively involved in their child’s school success.

       95% of parents report spending meaningful and educational time with their children.

       98% of parents expressed confidence in their understanding of ways to help their child succeed in school.

       95% of parents agree that they understand the importance of learning which high school classes are required to go to college.

       93% of parents reported that they felt informed about the college admissions process.

       92% of parents agreed that they were aware of college financing options.

       90% of parents reported that they are more focused on saving for their child’s college

       95% of parents reported that they feel more confident about asking school personnel about their child going to college

 

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PARENT SURVEY RESULTS
CHANGES IN CHILDREN


 

       98% of parents report that their child is more interested in science and math

       92% of parents report that their child knows jobs with computers require good grades

       94% of parents agree that their child is learning math, science, and computers

       79% of parents report that their child is asking for a computer at home

       94% of parents feel that computers are helping their child in school

       94% of parents agree that their child sees college as not just a dream but something that can be in their future

 

·         68% of parents agree that their child is talking with friends about something they are reading

·         70% of parents report that their child spends their own money on books

·         67% of parents report that they read daily with their child

·         85% of parents report that their child brings books home to read

·         79% of parents agree that their child is reading more for fun

 Parents' Report on Youths' Feelings

Parents was asked to report on their children’s experiences at Sunday Friends. As a result, they were asked “When you are at SUNDAY FRIENDS with your children, do you think your children feel...” and they were to rate the extent to which they thought their children felt motivated, sad, confident, etc.

The vast majority of the adults who answered this survey reported that their children were benefiting from the Sunday Friends program. When presented with the positive self-concept and pro-social elements, very few parents and guardians answered with “strongly disagree” and “disagree”. This means that Sunday Friends is achieving its goal of providing participating children with positive socio-emotional and learning experiences. Some of the elements with the strongest agreement are they want to do their best (98%), they enjoy learning new things (100%), they feel supported by the Sunday Friends volunteers (98%), they appreciate their family more (96%), feel people are glad to see them at Sunday Friends (94%), they feel respected (95%), responsible (95%), successful (97%), motivated (97%), they feel close to their family (96%), they feel happy (91%), proud (97%), self-confident (97%), and they feel safe (97%).

The findings also demonstrate that a large majority of the parents believe that their children feel appreciated (94%), eager to participate (93%), hopeful about themselves (98%), less depressed (97%), and that life can be good (98%).

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  • 97% of parents report their child feels safe while at Sunday Friends
  • 91% of parents report their child feels happy while at Sunday Friends
  • 97% of parents report their child feels successful while at Sunday Friends

 

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  • 93% of parents report their child feels eager to participate while at Sunday Friends
  • 97% of parents report their child feels motivated while at Sunday Friends
  • 95% of parents report their child feels respected while at Sunday Friends
  • 95% of parents report their child feels responsible while at Sunday Friends

 

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  • 97% of parents report their child feels proud while at Sunday Friends
  • 94% of parents report their child feels people appreciate them while at Sunday Friends
  • 98% of parents report their child feels hopeful while at Sunday Friends
  • 97% of parents report their child feels confident while at Sunday Friends
  • 97% of parents report their child acts less depressed while at Sunday Friends

 

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  • 88% of parents disagree that child feels lonely while at Sunday Friends
  • 70% of parents disagree that child feels bored while at Sunday Friends
  • 82% of parents disagree that child feels sad while at Sunday Friends
  • 80% of parents disagree that child feels outside of the group while at Sunday Friends

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  • 96% of parents report their child feels close to their family
  • 98% of parents report their child feels supported while at Sunday Friends
  • 70% of parents report their child feels safer with caregivers
  • 96% of parents report their child appreciates their family more

 

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  • 98% of parents report their child wants to do their best while at Sunday Friends
  • 94% of parents report their child feels proud when they work for what they want while at Sunday Friends
  • 100% of parents report their child likes themselves better
  • 98% of parents report their child feels that life can be good

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  • 70% of parents disagree that their child feels judged based on culture
  • 78% of parents report their child feels more comfortable with other races
  • 89% of parents report their child feels more confident in their cultural identity

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  • 96% of parents report their child feels they belong while at Sunday Friends
  • 94% of parents report their child feels that people are glad they are at Sunday Friends
  • 100% of parents report their child enjoys learning more 

   

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PARENT SURVEY RESULTS -
IMPACT ON FAMILY HEALTH

Health Related Behaviors of Self and Family

A significant commitment of the Sunday Friends program is health promotion, particularly through healthy eating, exercise, and other positive health-related behaviors. Adults were asked questions about their health and the life changes they have made to become healthier. Parents were also asked about the health behaviors of their children. The program’s achievements are reflected in the positive survey results. Most of the adults reported that they were making new efforts to maintain a healthier lifestyle. The critical impact Sunday Friends makes on the health of the parents and their children is remarkable.  Parents report trying to eat healthier, trying to shop for healthier foods, trying to get their child to eat healthier meals, and encouraging their child to get enough sleep.  Parents believe their child’s health has improved, believe that their health has improved, and they have been trying to get more exercise.  A clear majority of adults say that they are incorporating these healthy practices into their life sometimes if not regularly. They report eating healthier meals, exercising more, their children eat healthy meals, and that their children take pride in preparing healthy meals. All of the adults report that they are sometimes if not regularly shopping for healthier food.

 

 

 

 

 

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Parent Survey Results -
Instilling Developmental Assets

Developmental Assets 1-20: External Assets

In this final section of the 2017 Sunday Friends evaluation report, we turn our attention to parents’ perceptions of the Sunday Friends program effectiveness in supporting and promoting the healthy development of their children as well as the program’s success in nurturing the parental behaviors that would promote children’s healthy development and well-being. In this section, the report presents results for several Developmental Assets as outlined by the Search Institute and Santa Clara County’s Project Cornerstone. The analyses conducted for the 2017 evaluation were based on the Adult questionnaire.  To form the Developmental Asset scales, questions were drawn from past evaluation surveys and written as newly added survey items.  Asset scale questions were translated into Spanish and piloted in 2016 before being added to the 2017 evaluation survey.

Across all Developmental Asset scales, there was a very high level of agreement that the program promotes the internal or external domain of healthy development and wellbeing for children.  This reveals a resounding endorsement of the positive benefits of Sunday Friends.

Sunday Friends teaches necessary skills to both the children and adults who attend the program in order to help better their lives. Some classes aim to give parents a sense of confidence so that they are better able to use positive parenting methods. Because of such assistance and education, the hope is that the parents will be able to use the information to foster their children’s healthy development.

The Sunday Friends Program is committed to promoting positive social and emotional well-being through its wide array of education classes, activities, and community-based services. The positive benefits are intended for adult and child alike. Parents reported the Sunday Friends program has had a strong positive impact on the social and emotional well-being of their children.

Respecting and helping others is an overarching principle of the Sunday Friends day each weekend. There is strong agreement among the adults that participation in Sunday Friends has encouraged their children to show more respect for people and the things around them, to use better manners, to have more positive relationships with adults outside of the family, and to realize that they can help others. 

There is strong agreement among the adults that participation in Sunday Friends has helped them to be more confident that they will be able to care for their family in the future, to be more dedicated to making family stability a priority, to be more dedicated to ensuring their child’s regular school attendance, and to think about the family’s needs each month but be able to also think of other things. Parents reported strong agreement that they feel they are a better role model for their children, and that they feel less stressed in being able to meet the needs of their family.

It can be concluded that the Sunday Friends Program is nearly universally viewed as positive, supportive and beneficial across many varying developmental assets.  

 


Asset 1) Family Support:  Family life provides high levels of love and support

 


Asset 2) Positive Family Communication: Parent(s) and child communicate positively. Child feels comfortable seeking advice and counsel from parent(s).


Asset 3) Other Adult Relationships: Child receives support from adults other than her or his parent(s).

 


Asset 4) Caring Neighborhood: Young person (child) experiences caring neighbors

 


Asset 6) Parent Involvement in Schooling: Parent(s) are actively involved in helping young person (child) succeed in school


Asset 7) Community Values Youth: Child feels valued and appreciated by adults in the community

 


Asset 8) Youth as Resources: Child is included in decisions at home and in the community.


Asset 9) Service to Others: Child has opportunities to help others in the community.

 


Asset 10) Safety: Young person (child) feels safe at home, school, and in the neighborhood


Asset 11) Family Boundaries: Family has clear rule and consequences and monitors the young person's (child's) whereabouts;

 


Asset 14) Adult Role Models: Parent(s) and other adults in the child’s family, as well as nonfamily adults, model positive, responsible behavior.

   


Asset 15) Positive Peer Influence: Child’s closest friends model positive, responsible behavior.


Asset 16) High Expectations: Parent(s) and teachers expect the child to do her or his best at school and in other activities.

 

Asset 18) Youth Programs: Child participates two or more times per week in co-curricular school activities or structured community programs for children.

 

Asset 20) Time at home: Child spends some time most days both in high-quality interaction with parents and doing things at home other than watching TV or playing video games.

 

Developmental Assets 21-41: Internal Assets

Asset 21) Achievement Motivation: Child is motivated and strives to do well in school.

 

Asset 22) Learning engagement: Child is responsive, attentive, and actively engaged in learning at school and enjoys participating in learning activities outside of school.


Asset 23) Homework: Child usually hands in homework on time.

 


Asset 25) Reading for pleasure: Child enjoys and engages in reading for fun most days of the week.

 

Asset 26) Caring: Parent(s) tell the child it is important to help other people.

 

Asset 27) Equality and Social Justice: Parent(s) tell the child it is important to speak up for equal rights for all people.

Asset 28) Integrity: Parent(s) tell the child it is important to stand up for one’s beliefs.

 

Asset 29) Honesty: Parent(s) tell the child it is important to tell the truth.

Asset 30) Responsibility: Parent(s) tell the child it is important to accept personal responsibility for behavior.

 

Asset 31) Healthy Lifestyle: Parent(s) tell the child it is important to have good health habits and an understanding of healthy sexuality.

   

 



Asset 32) Planning and Decision Making: Child thinks about decisions and is usually happy with results of his or her decisions.

 

Asset 33) Interpersonal Competence: Child cares about and is affected by other people’s feelings, enjoys making friends, and, when frustrated or angry, tries to calm her- or himself.

   

Asset 34) Cultural Competence: Child knows and is comfortable with people of different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and with his or her own cultural identity.

 

Asset 35) Resistance Skills: Child can stay away from people who are likely to get her or him in trouble and is able to say no to doing wrong or dangerous things.

   


Asset 36) Peaceful Conflict Resolution: Young person (child) seeks to resolve conflict nonviolently


Asset 37) Personal Power: Child feels he or she has some influence over things that happen in his or her life.

   

Asset 38) Self-Esteem: Child likes and is proud to be the person that she or he is.

 

Asset 39) Sense of Purpose: Child sometimes thinks about what life means and whether there is a purpose for his or her life.

 

Asset 40) Positive View of Personal Future: Young person (child) is optimistic about her/his personal future

Asset 41) Positive Cultural Identity: Young person (child) feels comfortable with and proud of her/his identity including but not limited to disabilities, ethnicity, faith/religion, family status, gender, language and sexual orientation.

 

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